Bobby Labonte opened the Christmas season in a special way. The NASCAR Hall of Famer has partnered with Herbalife for a huge donation to a North Carolina charity.
On November 17th, the Bobby Labonte Foundation and Herbalife partnered to build 60 bikes for the Winston-Salem YWCA. They donated these new bikes to YWCA’s Best Choice Learning Center and included helmets and bike safety instruction courtesy of Brenner Children’s Hospital.
To complete the special event, the Bobby Labonte Foundation and Herbalife donated two oversized checks for $10,000 each. Both attended YWCA’s Best Choice Learning Center, which offers “K-8 academic enrichment and need-based scholarships along with nutrition education, healthy snacks and hot meals.”
“My foundation works in partnership with the local community and community organizations to empower parents, families and children to build a strong foundation for their future. Encouraging children to lead healthy lifestyles is one way to do that,” Labonte said in a press release.
“We are so grateful to partners like Herbalife who help us make our efforts possible. They were thrilled to also support the Best Choice Learning Center, which is an invaluable resource for so many families in our community.”
Labonte and his wife Kristin, a national cycling champion, have shown their love for cycling over the years. They have also helped spread this love to children in need through annual donations.
The Labonte’s and their foundation have donated dozens of bikes to children in need over the years. 2022 is just the most recent example as the couple has helped encourage an active lifestyle while continuing to show support for the Best Choice Learning Center.
“Today was a great day for the Best Choice Learning Center,” said Marilyn Odom, vice president of youth services at the YWCA in Winston-Salem. “We are so grateful for the bike and helmet donations from the Bobby Labonte Foundation and Herbalife, as well as the $20,000 financial gift.
“These funds will allow us to continue to help children, while the bikes will help them stay active. We also learned the importance of bike safety and we are so happy about that.”
Bicycle designs aren’t the only way the Bobby Labonte Foundation pursues its mission. There have also been numerous charity bike rides that have taken place in the heart of North Carolina.
The Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Tour began in 2011 with the aim of raising money for local charities in the Triad region – High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The annual event continued every year until 2020 when it was suspended due to COVID-19.
The ride returned in 2021 with a new route. Competitors started at High Point and proceeded to Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. The 282 riders finished the race with a lap of the historic short track, which helped bring Labonte’s love of cycling and motorsport together.
“Holding my foundation’s annual charity bike ride at Bowman Gray Stadium is a natural fit for us and so exciting too,” said Labonte in a 2021 press release. Now we can welcome a new community to our endeavours, and we know that both casual and serious cyclists will really enjoy the Roubaix-style final loop we are planning.”